Seville is the quintessential typical Spanish city. Flamenco, tapas, bullfighting and an impressive monumental offer make of the Andalusian capital a place worth spending time in. But sometimes we just have a long weekend, a couple of days, or even just one. Here you will find the top plans to spend one, two or three days in the capital of Andalusia.
If you’ve only got one day, we recommend starting with a bit of walking around town, tasting delicious tapas and doing a bit of sight-seeing. These are the places you can’t miss:
Plaza de España was built for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition. It is home to many iconic buildings and places like the Parque de Maria Luisa and it is also known as the “Venice of Seville” due to the numerous canals that wind their way around it. Its stunning architecture and colorful ceramic tiles are a huge part of Seville’s culture.
This historic and architectural Gothic marvel was built back in the 1400s. It is one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in the world. It is also home to the tomb of Columbus, as well as the colorful ‘Patio de los Naranjos’, filled with orange trees and fountains.
The Giralda is the bell tower of the Seville Cathedral and one of the tallest points in the city. After walking around the cathedral’s grounds and interior, you can climb up its staircase to get a beautiful panoramic view of the city below.
Located near the side of the Guadalquivir River, this former military watchtower was designed to be a way for the city to guard against possible attackers sailing down the river. Today, it’s home to the Naval Museum which highlights the city’s navy and its history. You can climb its large winding staircase up to get stunning views of the river and city.
In this extra day, we recommend visiting the UNESCO site Royal Palace of Alcázar, followed by a visit to the picturesque neighborhood of Triana. Then do a river cruise and finish with a good flamenco show.
Originally built to serve as a fort in 913, this UNESCO site has gone through many changes. Built by the Moorish, it features various architectural styles due to it being built through various time periods, such as Moorish, Gothic, Mudejar, and Renaissance.
Located in the old city section, the Triana neighborhood can be accessed by crossing the impressive Puente de Triana. When you enter the neighborhood, you’ll instantly be greeted by beautiful colorful buildings that serve as homes, churches, shops, and restaurants. In its many streets you will find unique shops and markets, like fruit stands.
After all this sight-seeing, you’ll definitely want to take a relaxing cruise down the Guadalquivir River, one of the longest rivers in Spain. In the surroundings of the Torre del Oro, there is a boat ramp where you can board a boat that will take you on a 15-minute cruise down the river to see bridges and other local city attractions.
Seville is known worldwide for its flamenco dancing passion, so a stop to this city wouldn’t be complete without experiencing a good flamenco show. There are plenty of places around the city such as Casa de la Memoria, Casa de la Guitarra, and the Museo del Baile Flamenco. You’ll be able to see professional flamenco dancing and music and learn more about the history of this beautiful dance.
After two days, you would have already discovered all the basics, so here is the extra touch: pay a visit to the new Metropol Parasol, known as ‘Las Setas’, have a coffee in the impressive Alfonso XIII hotel and finish with a visit to Casa de Pilatos.
Also known as Metropol Parasol, Las Setas is a modern architectural wonder made out of wooden planks to resemble a mushroom. This structure was inspired by the many arches found in the local architecture. The view from the top is incredible.
The most iconic hotel in Seville has a nice cafe open to the public. Commissioned by the King of Spain to play host to international dignitaries during the 1929 Exhibition, the building remains a cultural landmark, centrally located in the historic quarter of Santa Cruz, next to Reales Alcázares and Seville Cathedral.
The Casa de Pilatos is the best Andalusian palace of Spain and an example of the 16th century Sevillian architecture. It was built between the 15th and the 16th centuries and it is one of the biggest private residences of Seville. Located in the historical center, its Gothic Mudéjar style, wonderfully combined with Renaissance innovations, is one of the highlights of the palace.